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Old 12-10-2006, 07:35 AM   #1
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Is it possible to open an exe file using linux?

I have an exe file, one that wouldn't have a linux alternative. I have downloaded and installed the Wine thing, but I still can't open it. Is there any possible way to open this exe file? All it says is "Could not display" then the file name and location when I click on it. I'm still very new to Linux.
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you'd need to look at compatability layers like wine, crossover office (wine tuned for apps like Office) or cedega (wine tuned for gaming).

understand that linux uses a totally different method of running programs to win32 platforms. a .exe file means nothing at all to linux, and has no reason to know what to do with it, just like win32 platforms haven't a hope in hell of running a.out of ELF executables.
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Depending on your distribution and the WINE package installed, you can just click on the .exe file and it will run. If your distribution does not have the WINE binary handler daemon, then you will need to run the .exe file manually. For example:

wine /path/to/file/some.exe

You may also need to run 'winecfg' to configure the WINE environment to report itself as the proper Windows release.

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Old 12-10-2006, 12:27 PM   #4
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what is it and why are you sure that it"wouldn't have a linux alternative." try running it from a terminal window with the command macemoneta gave you and post the output.


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